Sunday, 23 April 2017

Peace...




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Father, Mother, God,

Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.

Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days.
For then we can share that which we have with those who have less.

And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days.
For then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends

For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak.

For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.

For those who live in pain, we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.

For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company.

For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope.

Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the world that which we need most.....PEACE.

Maya Angelou
(4th April 1928 - 28th May 2014)

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Peace...




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Father, Mother, God,

Thank you for your presence during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.

Thank you for your presence during the bright and sunny days.
For then we can share that which we have with those who have less.

And thank you for your presence during the Holy Days.
For then we are able to celebrate you and our families and our friends

For those who have no voice, we ask you to speak.

For those who feel unworthy, we ask you to pour your love out in waterfalls of tenderness.

For those who live in pain, we ask you to bathe them in the river of your healing.

For those who are lonely, we ask you to keep them company.

For those who are depressed, we ask you to shower upon them the light of hope.

Dear Creator, You, the borderless sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the world that which we need most.....PEACE.

Maya Angelou
(4th April 1928 - 28th May 2014)

Thursday, 13 April 2017

I just can't stop myself!


I'm sorry if all these garden photos are starting to bore you ~ but I'm so pleased with how it's looking now that I just can't stop taking photos LOL

I emptied out the planter above and put the plants in the new border.  I just bought one new shrub to replace them, a hydrangea paniculata "Vanilla Fraise".  I moved the geraniums from the raised bed next to the planter, along with the daffodil bulbs that have now finished flowering.  The geraniums sulked for a few days but are starting to look perkier now 😉 


I can't remember what the pretty pond plant above is ~ it lives in the same little nature pool as the loosestrife.  This is the robin's favourite spot for bathing 😊


I do love hostas but haven't always been successful at keeping them safe from the dratted slugs.  These beauties are in the raised bed with the nature pool and so far are doing okay.


I thought I would have a little play with taking some close-up photos of some of my plants.  These hostas have been nibbled on a little but are still growing well.


I have no idea what any of the hostas are called ~ they were given to me by a friend who was thinning out her collection.


This is my favourite, I think it is really beautiful.


This ajuga "Burgundy Glow" is so pretty.....


.....as is this aquilegia "Ministar".


See how delicate and fragile it looks 😊


This little sedum, "Cappa Blanca", sits in the soil and virtually glows!


I was so pleased to see that the peony has a couple of promising-looking flower buds this year.  I moved it last year so it's great that it feels happy enough in its new home to flower this year.


This is another aquilegia, "Winky", which is a bigger-growing and later-flowering plant than "Ministar".


And finally (you'll be pleased to hear, no doubt!), yes, this is indeed a dandelion!  I know I should just dig it out, but the flower is so cheerful especially in this particular border which is waiting for some TLC and new plants!  I'll just have to be vigilent and dehead it before it sets seed ~ after all, one year's seeds = seven years weeds and all that 😉
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Easily amused!


From this.....


.....to this 😃

 I confess that I found using this vacuum bag way more amusing that I really ought to have done ~ I even opened it up and sucked out the air a second time LOL

We've just bought a new wool duvet and mattress topper in the hope that it will help me to sleep better.  Our old duvet is relatively new, so I decided to keep it as a spare.  It's a king size duvet, so is rather bulky hence the vacuum storage bag.

I am still struggling with what I believe to be eczema, with patches of it all over my body and limbs *sigh*  I still wake up with hot flushes during the night, which in turn then makes my skin so horribly itchy.  I have had a letter from the hospital ~ only to let me know that I am now on the dermatology clinic waiting list though.

I am currently trying out some different skin care products as the ones from Pure Potions irritated my skin.  I am also on week four of drinking kefir daily ~ I will let you know how these latest trials work out soon!
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Little words of wisdom

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A weekend of pottering


I had a lovely weekend, mostly spent pottering about in the garden.  I have been "robbing Peter to pay Paul" by taking plants from both the brick bed and wooden planter to put in the new border that Steve made last week.  I'll share photos of it soon 😊


Everything is growing so fast now.  Just look at how much growth the mint has put on already, in only 10 days or so!


The houseleeks are very cosy in this lovely terracotta wall planter.  They are really spreading out to fill it now.  Hopefully it won't be long before they are spilling over the edges.


I emptied out the sink and used the plants elsewhere in the garden.  The planting is much simpler now: rose "Nozomi"; saxifrage "Pixie Rose" and geranium "Alice".  The helianthemum at the front was a free plant with my order from Plants for Small Gardens.  I think it is "Peach Melba" ~ I'll try to remember to check next time I'm pootling about in the garden.


This is purple loosestrife, in one of the two tiny nature pools we have in the garden.  Actually, the loosestrife is the reason we have this particular pool!  The plant was originally in our fishpond but when we decided not to keep fish anymore, I didn't want to lose the loosestrife as it is such a lovely plant.  It grows to over a metre in height and has pretty purple-pink flowers for a long time during the summer.

The birds like to drink and bathe in both the pools, but "our" robin always comes to this one which is nearest the house.  He always seems to appear when I come out of the patio door to take care of his ablutions ~ I think he is something of an exhibitionist LOL    
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